Thursday, March 17, 2016

UGC writes to varsities to introduce anti-corruption related topics in the curriculum

The students across colleges and universities will soon study anti-corruption in their curriculum, as the University Grants Commission (UGC) has advised vice-chancellors of all universities and even to colleges to add topics related to the same to enable students to get an overview of concepts and framework of anti-corruption progressively.

In a letter undersigned by UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu to vice-chancellors of all varsities, they have been advised to add anti-corruption related topics in the curriculum.
It is learnt that this move has been done following the Central Vigilance Commission's (CVC) advice that in order to enhance the level of awareness among students about what is corruption, the adverse impact of corruption on society, how and whom to make a complaint regarding corrupt practices, chapters on topics such as Ethics, Vigilance, Anti Corruption, details of the organazations /agencies such as CVC, Central Bureau of Investigation, etc associated with anti corruption and how and whom to make complaints regarding corrupt practices, should be included in the curriculum for all students.
The letter also mentions citing CVC, the apex integrity institution of the country which observes Vigilance Awareness Week every year and also advises all Ministries/ Departments/Autonomous Organisations/Societies to observe the same, in the Vigilance Awareness Week observed during 26-31 October, 2015 the UGC'S outreach activities towards creating vigilance awareness had focused on reaching out to students in schools and college across the country but it was observed that there is a general lack of awareness among school and college students about what is corruption, the adverse impact of corruption on society, how and whom to make a complaint on such corrupt practices.

Aabshar Abbasi,an assistant professor at Doon University, she said, "Definitely it is a good move by UGC and varsities certainly must introduce anti-corruption in their curriculum as the youngsters need to be promptly aware about ways to deal with increasing corruption in society. In fact, in our university we keep holding anti-corruption awareness sessions and students are also taught about the same in media studies"

The letter to VC's also highlight the fact that children are interested in knowing more about ethics, how to fight corruption and related issues and expanding their knowledge base and familiarizing them with these issues will not only encourage them to be dedicated to the task of tackling corruption but will also facilitate in character building.

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